Bill Clinton awards local students All Ireland Scholarships

FOUR Tyrone students have been awarded an All Ireland Scholarship toward their third level education at a special ceremony. The awards ceremony took place at University of Limerick where President Bill Clinton and sponsor JP McManus presented the awards. This is the fifth year for the Scholarships. A total of 125 students from both North and South of Ireland were presented with a third level scholarship certificate. Sponsored by JP McManus, the scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate or A Levels in 2012.

Local students, Jason McCammon from the Royal School Dungannon, Nathan Lewis from South West College, Jo-Ann Nugent from St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon and Aimee O’Kane from Loreto Grammar School Omagh all received scholarships toward their prospective University education.

Speaking at the event, President Clinton said; “I would like to say to the students, today’s current economic crisis will pass and your education will endure, and it is very important that just as in making of peace, the Irish threw off the heavy hand of history to grasp for a brighter future, we throw off the burden of the current economic crisis to imagine a different future. What an education is, is a range of possibilities. It is a gift of personal freedom. It is a chance to make the most of, in spite of all the troubles at the moment.”

JP McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.